Nairobi, KenyaThe state funeral for Kenya's ex-President Daniel Arap Moi, who ruled the East African country for more than two decades, was taking place Tuesday ahead of his burial a day later.
Daniel Arap Moi's complicated and often brutal legacy
Declaring Tuesday a public holiday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, "... we commence the final journey of a great son of Kenya, a cherished brother, a loving father, a mentor to many, a father of our nation, a champion of pan-Africanism and the second president of the republic of Kenya."
Moi died last week at the age of 95.
His body has been displayed at the parliament building in Nairobi for three days as people came to pay their last respects to a man whose name evokes mixed emotions among Kenyans across generations.
To some he was a personable and popular leader who was in touch with the common man, to others he was a despot, one who dealt ruthlessly with his opponents.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta said earlier this week as she attended his lying in state with her husband, "I remember Moi as a president who helped people ... he paid school fees for children. May God rest his soul in eternal peace."
However, one man who remembers him altogether differently was Reverend Timothy Njoya, 66, now a retired Presbyterian Church of East Africa Minister.